Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Let the summer arrive!
Stated Age
08 years old
First Fill ex-Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
62.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 oct 2012 12:49 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 68.00

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Whisky Reviews for Balmenach 2003 SMWS 48.35

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.15 points

  1. John Barleycorn did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes
    Colour: Pale lemon gold

    First impressions on the nose are citric aromas; fresh
    limes, pink grapefruit, lemon zest and lemon oil then turning more soft and
    creamy into lemon meringue pie followed by wood sap and vanilla. The taste neat
    is hot and sharp like a very strong tropical fruit punch with a juicy mouth
    feel similar to a Starburst candy and a slightly peppery finish. With water,
    much more approachable, freshly cut grass, ripe pineapple and like a male
    fragrance with lemon as the base note, possibly ‘Dior Homme Sport’. The taste
    now light, soft with a slightly savoury, leafy and herbal but also refreshing
    note like an iced lime and dandelion tea.

  2. molar3rd scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: This is a rather salty coastal sort of nose, with some vanilla and damp wood, in addition to coconut and citrus, but really that felt older than 8 years!

    Palate: Palate seems high in abv, but I did not detect that amount of ETOH. I went for 55%, which was more than I felt on the palate, again, salty and also spicy with crushed peppers, some of the oak, and a certain peatiness too. Not a lot of fruit here, but distant hints of maybe some apple and exotics.

    Finish: Pepper, a lot of salt, malt and some oak (coconut).

    It was a nice dram all in all, but not sure I would like a bottle. A curious dram indeed. Don’t think I had many Balmenachs, so I do not really have a good reference…



  3. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting BTC 2014 - #10
    • Nose
      bourbon fruits - melon, citrus, woodsmoke and lemon tea
    • Taste
      full boubon fruits and some spices
    • Finish
      sweet, vanilla and chocolate

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It starts almost unpleasant, but gets better with time. It ends on a high note with an excellent finish.
    • Nose
      Very soapy at first, almost perfumy. Then vanilla, cumin, mandarin and orange. Water (and time) also reveal grapefruit and banana. The nose is very closed at first, but give it some time and it will reward you.
    • Taste
      Very peppery. Coconut, orange and citrus. A bit zesty, some spices and also slightly bitter.
    • Finish
      Apple, pepper, cardboard. And then after a long time some caramel.

  5. turfsmurf scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Notes based on a blind sample. I'm usually not a big fan of this light style of whisky, but I think it's well made and dangerously drinkable. Adding water is not needed and disintegrates the taste. (after the reveal of the sample: wow! 62.7%. Didn't guess that.)
    • Nose
      A fresh bourbonny nose. Marzipan. Pear drops and raspberries. Vanilla cake as well. After a while lemon cheesecake.
    • Taste
      A light bite. Very oily, almost like olive oil. I like that. A bit grainy and a bit of nutmeg, white pepper and ginger powder.
    • Finish
      A nice slightly bitter sweet finish with wood spices. With water a soda-like fizziness in the finish.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind sample in BTC 2014.
    A very heavy bourbon influence. This isn't something I'd usually buy,
    but I can understand why some people would love this.
    • Nose
      Extremely sweet. Banana foam candy, lots of it. Candy cane, vanilla, peach, caramel, pear, lime, malt and limestone. With water also apple and marshmallow.
    • Taste
      Banana, vanilla, pepper, orange, raspberry candy, creamy caramel, roasted almond, brown sugar, fig and a little chocolate. Can take some water.
    • Finish
      Caramel, pepper, burnt sugar, banana, raspberry and roasted almond.

  7. Allandale scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89


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